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Gwyneth Hayward   FHEA MSc

Mrs Gwyneth Hayward



Lecturer: Physiotherapy (Welsh/Bilingual)

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29225 11786
Ty Dewi Sant, Room 2.17, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Welsh speaking


I was a First Contact Practitioner (physiotherapist) at a Primary Care Cluster in West Wales until summer 2022. I ventured into academia as a lecturer at Cardiff University five years ago, having completed the Independent Prescribing modules and then my Masters and I became a FHEA member in 2021. My original post in Cardiff was partly funded by an associate lecturer grant (sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol) and physiotherapy funding, so that I could support Welsh-speaking students and to develop Welsh/bilingual resources into the undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme. I'm very keen to support the next generation of physiotherapists, as well as encouraging clinicians and postgraduate students to become lifelong learners.


The focus of my research is gathering information about students' perceptions and experiences, in terms of the provision through the medium of Welsh available to them, and how best to include this in the curriculum. I am also interested in measurements of the patients' experiences after they visit physiotherapy clinicians (PREMS).


My priority was to support the undergraduate programme, until fairly recently. This involved teaching practical sessions including anatomy and practical skills in Physiotherapy, as well as presenting work in a module relating to physiotherapy in health and society. I teach third year students on a module covering work and employment, and supervise undergraduate student with their dissertations, which has included studying their peers' awareness of the 'Active Offer' in Wales. I take pride in my role as a personal tutor to students – some of whom are Welsh speakers. I also support postgraduate education, teaching on the module that trains First Contact Practitioners and supervising Masters students with their dissertations, as well as contributing to the new Pre-Registartion Masters course – for students who have initially graduated in another field. Part of my undergraduate role is to mark written assignments by students receiving the Incentive Scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, as they study a third of their course through the medium of Welsh. I am proud to be a member of the Admissions team and enjoy attending University Open Days and Careers Fairs. 


I went to Llanycrwys Primary School and then Lampeter Comprehensive before I ventured across the border for my further education at North East London Polytechnic and The London Hospital in 1984-1988. Our course was one of the early Physiotherapy Degree programmes and I graduated with a BSC (Hons) and a distinction in clinical practice. Morriston Hospital was my first place of employment and this gave me a great grounding for my career. I worked on further rotational posts in Bronglais, Aberystwyth before specialising in Outpatient Physiotherapy in a small, rural health centre in Lampeter, which was subsequently relocated to Lampeter Surgery. I have worked closely with many members of the multi-disciplinary team, and this gave me the support network to extend my role into Independent Prescribing and eventually to work as part of the Primary Care Team in North Ceredigion. I gained my FHEA qualification in 2021, and in July 2022 I decided to focus on my lecturing role in Cardiff University. I work three and four days on alternate weeks.

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